The Dark Crystal was a
Jim Henson and Frank Oz science-fantasy flick released in 1982.
At the time, the animatronics where considered cutting
edge, and the movie had a darker feel to it than other
Henson projects. Although the film received mix
reviews from critics, it was profitable, and has
received a more favorable rating as the years have gone
ago, on a different planet, a magical crystal was
shattered, and two new races appeared. One of the
races, called the Skeksis, looked like lizards, while
the second race, the Mystics, were hunched over wizards.
They were, in essence, at one time single beings that
must be re-joined. Jen, from another race of
inhabitants, called Gelflings, is sent on a mission by
the Mystics to retrieve a shard of the crystal from a
mystic named Aughra. The shard must be put back
into the Dark Crystal before time runs out. If the
shard is not recovered in time, the Skeksis will rule
forever, and the Mystics well never be re-joined.
The Skeksis ruler finds out what Jen is trying to do,
and he sends out a small army of creatures called
Garthim to find him.
After Aughra is captured by the Garthim,
Jen meets another Gelfling named Kira, and the two team
up together to get the shard to the alerted Mystics.
The two try to reason with the Skeksis, but the selfish
nature of their essence has taken over, and they prefer
to remain autonomous. In the end, Jen gets the
shard back into the crystal, just before the three moons
converge, and the Skeksis and Mystics are rejoined and
the planet is restored.